Diane is an ex-girlfriend of Leo. They later discover that she is the same woman that Will had sex with during college.


Diane went to Jenny von Slaniker's "Back From Mono" party in 1985 and met Will, who had just broken up with Grace after coming out, upset and drunk. Diane says she was immediately attracted to him because he was "cleaner" than everybody else, running the bong through the dishwasher. They danced to Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me 'Round" and eventually ended up having sex on her futon. Diane admits that this is the only time she ever achieved an orgasm in her life. When she woke up the next morning, Will had left but not before baking her cookies and doing a load of her laundry. Will also took her roommate's Bennetton sweater, which Diane got blamed and went to student court for.[1]

Diane 1986

Diane walks by Grace at the supermarket in 1986.

A year later, Will saw her again at D'Agostino's while he was talking to Grace, though Diane did not see him because he hid behind the groceries out of shame. By this time, Diane had short red hair.[2]

Diane eventually became a successful writer at Vogue. For a year and a half, she dated a doctor named Leo Markus, who in the future becomes Grace's husband. Leo recalls that his relationship with Diane was serious enough that he used to call her parents "Papa Tom" and "Mama Joanne" and that she has a drawer at his apartment. Diane, however, admits later that she never achieved an orgasm during her relationship with Leo.

Reuniting with Will

After Leo and Grace got married, he meets Diane in the subway and invites her to dinner with her friends, where she reunites with Will. They finally settle things after Will apologizes to her, but Grace becomes increasingly jealous knowing that Diane slept with Will right after he could not do it with her. Diane miserably confesses that she is still not over Will and names the puppy Karen and Jack give to her after him.


  • Diane is played initially by Lisa Borgnes who worked on the show and was friends with series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.[3] When the character is given a wider role, she is played by Mira Sorvino.


You're a gorgeous redhead, I'm an adorable blonde. But we know we have something in common... brown hair. meeting Grace


  1. Last Ex to Brooklyn
  2. Lows in the Mid-Eighties
  3. A Bloomsbury Life, "Tag, I'm It"
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